Why Israel & Judaism Is My Foundation

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Fourteen years ago, I left Minnesota for Richmond. I watched the greenery of Minnesota disappeared beneath my feet. I left behind the tundra, tough-loving state for another state, it wasn’t my choice. Fourteen years later, I returned and Minnesota never felt like home. No matter where I’ve lived (and I’ve lived in many states – […]

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MN Hillel, Herzl Camp Announce Shared Hire

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Herzl Camp and Minnesota Hillel are excited to welcome Justin “JP” Held in a shared role as our new Director of Jewish Education for both organizations. Justin is currently finishing his rabbinic degree and Masters in Jewish Education at Hebrew College in Boston. He returns now to his Minnesota roots and to two organizations he […]

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TC Jewfolk Guide To Christmas 2019

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Christmas can be sort of a bummer for us Jewish folk. Friends leave town, take off for warmer climes, leaving you here in the cold. Stores are closed. Sure Hanukkah is still going on, but there’s another silver lining: The city is ours!!! Mwahahaha! TC Jewfolk has your Christmas go-to guide for all the best […]

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Minnesota Hillel Groundbreaking Sets Stage For Future

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The historic Minnesota Hillel building on University Avenue, open since 1955, is at this moment a torn-up concrete shell. The inside is almost entirely gray, save for the bright yellow of caution tape and the orange of traffic cones. The floors are uneven and caked with sand-like rubble. But the demolition is just the beginning […]

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Jew Review: ‘The Band’s Visit’

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*Contains spoilers for The Band’s Visit. Once, not long ago, a group of musicians came to Israel from Egypt. You probably didn’t hear about it. It wasn’t very important.” But it did show human connection between strangers. The Band’s Visit centers around an Egyptian Police Band winding up in the small, fictional Negev city of […]

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My Long-Awaited Return To Israel

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I’m going back to Israel next week with the 248 Community Action Network Cohort as part of a program to explore initiatives that foster stronger community connections & strengthen Jewish identity. It feels strange to say. My own sense of Jewish identity has long been fraught with doubt on a spiritual, institutional, and social level. […]

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Gateways Thrift Shop Offering Meaningful Opportunities

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Neely Silverman and Shaina Shagalow had come across a dusty stuffed rabbit last week, that they were prepared to throw out. Chris Martyn, fortunately, has an eye for value that the other people he works with at the Gateways Thrift Shop do not. “Anything by Steiff is valuable, even new stuff,” explained Martyn of the […]

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